To search just type in the text you are looking for. All text saerches are not case specific. e.g.
Enter castle to list all items with the word castle in their names or descriptions.
If you enter words separated by spaces then items containing any of the words will be returned, e.g entering ''christmas robin'' will display items containing ''christmas'' or ''robin''.
If you want search for a phrase then enclose it in quotes, e.g. "christmas robin" will search for items using the whole phrase ''christmas robins''.
To narrow down the items you are searching for you can enter any number or combination of the following keywords. Each keyword is followed by a colon (:) and the value. More than one value can be entered separated by a comma. Keywords available include:
|kind||Different item types, e.g. S for stamps, PP for presentation packs|
|year||Items from a single or range of years|
|value||Items with a specific value|
|valuen||Items with a specific numeric value or within a range of values|
|type||Definitive, Special or Regional stamps|
|region||Regional stamps from Wales, Scotland and so on|
|reign||Items issued in a particular reign|
|printer||Items printed by a particular printer|
|process||Items printed using a particular process|
|gum||Items printed with a particluar gum backing|
|contrib||Items contributed by a specific user|
By combining keywords and/or text phrases you can quickly build specific and complex queries to identify the items you would like to see.
Displays the different types of items that can be collected such as presentation packs and miniature sheets. You can combine as many of these as you want.
|kind:set||Display Stamp Set|
|kind:pp||Display Presentation Packs|
|kind:fdc||Display First Day Covers|
|kind:ms||Display Miniature Sheets|
|kind:sp||Display Souvenir Packs|
|kind:psb||Prestige Stamp Books|
|kind:yp||Display Year Packs|
|kind:mvb||Machine Vending Books|
|kind:fcb||Folding Counter Books|
Displays items issued in a specific year. If you enter a year less than 10 it will be year 2000-2010. If you enter a year between 11 and 99 it will be a year 1911-1999.
A range of years can be used by separating them with a dash, e.g. 39-45 or 1998-2002. You can omit the from or to year in the range and the search will display items up to or from the specific year.
|year:1981||Display year 1981|
|year:04||Display year 2004|
|year:35||Display year 1935|
|year:39-45||Display years 1939-1945|
|year:-67||Display years up to 1967|
|year:99-||Display years from 1999|
Displays items of the specified value
Values can use pre-decimal and decimal notation, e.g 10p, 1s, 1s6d, £10. All values are converted to pence.
A range of values can be used by separating them with a dash, e.g. 2p-9p, 1s-1s6d
You can omit the from or to value in the range and the search will display items up to or greater than the specified value.
|value:10p||Display items issued with a value of 10 pence|
|value:£1||Display items issued with a value of 1 pound|
|valuen:2p-9p||Display items issued with a value between 2 and 9 pence|
|valuen:1s-||Display items issued with a value greater than 1 shilling (5 pence)|
|valuen:-60||Display items issued with a value less than 60 pence|
|valuen:lv||Display low value items - issued with a value less than 1 pound|
|valuen:hv||Display high value items - issued with a value more than 1 pound|
Currently only definitive items can be searched using a value
Displays items and issues of particular type
Displays issues and items of specified region
|region: n||Northen Ireland|
|region: i||Isle of Man|
In addition you can also use UK, Wales, Wal, Scotland, Sco, Ireland, NI, England, Eng, IOM
Displays items issued in a particular reign.
|reign:evii||King Edward VII|
|reign:gv||King George V|
|reign:eviii||King Edward VIII|
|reign:gvi||King George VI|
|reign:qeii||Queen Elizabeth II|
Displays items printed by the specified printer
Note: This will only search issues where printer information has been entered.
|printer:harrison||Harrison & Sons Ltd|
|printer:delarue||De La Rue Security Print|
|printer:dlr||De La Rue Security Print|
|printer:questa||The House of Questa|
|printer:walsall||Walsall Security Print|
|printer:cartor||Cartor Security Print|
Displays items printed by the specified process
Note: This will only search issues where print process information has been entered.
Displays items with specified gum or adhesive
Note: This will only search issues where gum information has been entered.
|animals||Display all items with word animals in description or title|
|christmas robin kind:s||Display stamps with words christmas or robin within their names or descriptions|
|"christmas robin" year:1-||Display items with the phrase "christmas robin" from 2001 onwards|
|cricket year:73||Display all items with word cricket in description or title issued in 1973|
|art year:2000 kind:pp||Display presentation packs with word art in description or title issued in 1973|
|kind:ms||Display all miniature sheets|
|reign:gvi||Display everything issued in the reign of King George VI|
|kind:s kind:pp year:1999||Display all stamps and presentation packs issued in 1999|
|kind:ms,fdc||Display all miniature sheets and first day covers|
|kind:pp year:97-01||Display all presentation packs between 1997 and 2001|
|year:78-79,82-85 kind:pp kind:fdc||Display presentation packs and first day covers between 1978-1979 and 1982-1985|
|value:1s3d||Display all stamps with value of 1s3d|
|type:r region:wales valuen:2p-9p||Display Welsh regional definitives with values between 2p and 9p|
|printer:dlr year:97,99||Display items printed by De La Rue in the years 1997 and 1999|
Additional keywords for Themes, Series ans Lists